Bill that would have banned 80% of handguns fails
Paul Joseph Watson
January 7, 2013
A draconian gun ban in Illinois that could have set the stage for a nationwide assault on second amendment rights has failed, with lawmakers indicating that new gun control legislation is unlikely to make an appearance in the final days of the lame duck session.
Although a vote that if carried would have banned 50% of rifles and 80% of handguns owned by Illinois citizens was set to take place Sunday afternoon, State Rep. Elaine Nekritz surprised many by announcing there would be no debate on gun control.
Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon was surprised by the announcement, which was met by cheers from firearms enthusiasts who attended the House Judiciary Civil Law Committee meeting, telling the Belleville News-Democrat that he thought the bill had the votes to pass.
“It sounded to me like they were a little apprehensive about trying to move this bill today,” Kay said. “I find that rather curious, because I think they have the votes to pass it.”
However, despite Nekritz’ assertion that a gun ban was now off the legislative agenda, the Illinois State Rifle Association warned second amendment supporters to “be on guard” until the session ends on Wednesday.
“Also, be advised that the newly elected legislature, the 98th General Assembly, gets gaveled into action on Wednesday as well. With several pro-gun stalwarts leaving the legislature, and several brand new gun grabbers to contend with, the next session of the General Assembly promises to be turbulent times for law-abiding gun owners,” states an ISRA press release.
Lawmakers were undoubtedly nervous about attempting to pass the gun ban because of the deluge of opposition they received from gun owners over the course of the last week.
Attention now shifts to California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s gun control legislation at the national level, which is likely to be introduced on January 22.
As we have previously highlighted, Feinstein’s bill would not only ban a plethora of different firearms, it would also require all gun owners to register the serial numbers of all their guns with the federal government as well as their fingerprints, treating anyone who owns a firearm as akin to a sex offender.
A petition to try Feinstein in court for treason against the Constitution has now surpassed 26,000 signatures, mandating an official White House response within 30 days.